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The Sergeant-Major

The Sergeant-Major
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Digital ISO 100, Skylight
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 2), Open Up ...Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-23 3:31
Viewed: 6289
Points: 45
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well this is the first opportunity in almost a week that I have been able to comment and spend some time here on TN. I hate it when work gets in the way of pleasure. Callie describes it best when he says that work is only a means to an end.

I am in the process of playing catch-up on my comments on all the beautiful work that have been posted. The reason for posting this image is that the Lorikeet he reminds me of a sergeant-major shouting at me to work harder and faster. No doubt that Bente will like him as a "driver"!

More about the Lorikeet:


This is truly where a picture is better than a thousand words. Surprisingly enough this colorful bird can be hard sometimes to pick out in its natural habitat They are a small bird generally 11 to 12 inches long, weighing 120 to 140 grams on average females are generally a bit smaller and adolescents have duller markings They are said to live over 20 years in the wild Their vocalization is varied from "screeching" in flight to "chatting" during feeding

Habitat and Distribution
Their habitat ranges from forests of all sorts (heathlands, open forests, rainforest, sclerophyll forest) coastal or inland, to any area including urban areas that have suitable trees,

These birds are normally found in flocks, large flocks at night roosting in trees (thousands) but during the daytime they move and feed in much smaller flocks ranging up to 20 odd birds Late evening you may see larger flocks as they head towards their roosting site They are arboreal, which means they like trees, and can be very noisy, active, gregarious (sociable) and are often seen in the company of other birds They will spend long times feeding in trees but in hot conditions will have an afternoon break from feeding

These birds spend a lot of time feeding and most of their food comes from trees. Flowers, pollen, nectar, blossoms mainly from (Myrtaceae, Proteacea, Eucalyptus, Xanthoroaceae ,Banksia, Melaleuca, Callistemon), berries and fruits, so they can be a pest to suburban and commercial fruit tree growers Rainbow Lorikeets have tiny hair like appendices on the end of their tongue, to help extract nectar etc. For harder fruits or seeds, they grate the fruit inside their beak or roll the fruit with their tongue against the inside of their beak Whilst feeding because of the good grip they can get with their claws they can be observed hanging upside down etc to feed. They occasionally feed on insects and larvae They obtain moisture from water trapped in leaves, but can also drink water directly.

The camera settings:

Program Setting: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 372mm
F Stop: F/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/40sec
ISO: 100
Tripod: Yes,
Flash: ETTl
Reflective Panel: No
Cable release: No
White Balance: AWB
Exposure Compensation: -0.3

christophe, Janice, Mazer, milloup, red45, IdoTT, Luc, ellis49, LCannon, Callie, marhowie, carper, PDP, willie, gerhardt, khris_rino, orme has marked this note useful
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The colors are impressed, and your bird is different many melts, very great shot Japie
In a friendly way Christophe

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-23 4:18]

Beautiful Lorikeet Japie. Outstanding colours and you show him perfectly. Definitely a bossy one. TFS.

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2005-01-23 4:29]

Nice vivid colours and crisp detail. Nice shot and thanks for sharing :)

You're right, Japie, I do like him, he's gorgeous, also he's got the most beautiful colours imaginable ;-))
Work.. well, "work is something to be endured en route to more pleasant pursuits", that's my view on work ;-)
Excellent sharpness and DOF, good pose captured, nice unobtrusive bg and the pang colours already mentioned.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-23 5:19]

Wow! Stunning colours, nice blurred BG, great level of details. Looks like this parrot is very eloquent :-) Great work Japie!

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-01-23 7:09]

Hy lyk nogal na die 'samajoor! You captured the colours beautifully and the pose too. Hope he didn't say anything nasty!

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-01-23 10:10]

Excellent sharp picture Japie!
The colors are great and strong,well comp and the BG is great too.
I know that it is hard to photograph red color because the camera makes it very hrd and bright but you manage to do it very sharp and clear!


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-23 12:08]

Japie this is beautiful shot,love love the colours.Very sharp details.Good shot.

Great Sergeant-Major Japie.
Sunning colours , very good sharpness and pose.
A very good note like always.
Excellent work.

I have no point for you, I think it's the new server has
a some problems.
Points later.

I love the Lorikeet, this one does seem very "commanding". They have a Lorikeet exhibit at our local Zoo and you get to go inside and feed them with little nectar cups. They will land on your arm, or even your head. Very noisy birds, but all the various colors are amazing. I think you've captured this one well, can even see his little tongue. Very strong colors and sharpness here.
Excellent photo.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-23 13:34]

No SM ever looked this nice! No nits, good refection in the eye, in the dark crown somthing normally difficult to get right!
Now, you cannot let YOUR work also interfere, where are we going to? Gerhard, You, I and whose next?

Japie, Excellent work. Say ahhh! The amazing colors of the Lorikeet come through with a bang!! Very well done my friend!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-23 14:31]

Fantastische kleuren Japie,
Very good sharp shot, it almost hurt my eyes, very good pof and dof, very nice composing, very good job

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-01-23 15:58]

Superb Japie! The colours are brilliant, the open-mouthed pose is just great. Very well done.

Japie, beautiful portrait of this Lorikeet. Great colors with sharp detail. It does look like he is giving someone heck here.

Brilliant shot Japie. Excellent DOF and POV. Very good post. Well done. I hope your workload gets less so we can see more of these shots.

"Werk saam... STREK!"

He sure gave us the run around during our national service.

Excellent mugshot. Bright colorfull and tack sharp. Nice expression captured on this Lorikeet. Is it a local bird or exotic?

Fantastic shot.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-25 1:26]
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You have no more red paint for the yellow spot?
Great title, Japie. He really looks like giving loud orders.
An excellent post: picture and note.

It's so wonderfull... I would like to have it at home!!!! You made great photo in a great moment. I really love it.

Impressive potrait. This is a very strong photo. The colours and pose of this animal does not look real, it is like a cartoon or something. Beautiful composition and shapness, again an excellent work.

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2005-01-28 9:43]

Die rooirok is 'n mooirok (smile) excellent photo Japie, well done!

Excellent color :)

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2005-02-14 4:37]

A fantastic shot, Japie. The colours and clarity are both excellent. Very well captured. Thank you for the very informative note.

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